Language Creation and Language Change: Creolization, Diachrony, and Development

Language Creation and Language Change: Creolization, Diachrony, and Development

by Michel DeGraff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262541262

ISBN-13: 9780262541268

Pub. Date: 03/01/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

Research on creolization, language change over time, and language acquisition has been converging toward a triangulation of the constraints along which grammatical systems develop within individual speakers - and (viewed externally) across generations of speakers. The originality of this volume is in its comparison of various sorts of language growth from a number of…  See more details below

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Research on creolization, language change over time, and language acquisition has been converging toward a triangulation of the constraints along which grammatical systems develop within individual speakers - and (viewed externally) across generations of speakers. The originality of this volume is in its comparison of various sorts of language growth from a number of linguistic-theoretic and empirical perspectives, using data from both speech and gestural modalities and from a diversity of acquisition environments. In turn, this comparison yields fresh insights on the mental bases of language creation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262541268
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Series:
Learning, Development, and Conceptual Change
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
583
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Creolization, Language Change, and Language Acquisition: A Prolegomenon1
Ch. 2How to Acquire Language without Positive Evidence: What Acquisitionists Can Learn from Creoles49
Ch. 3Acquisition of Wh-Questions in Mauritian Creole75
Ch. 4On the Language Bioprogram Hypothesis: Hints from Tazie95
Ch. 5Language Acquisition and Creolization129
Ch. 6Reduced Input in the Acquisition of Signed Languages: Contributions to the Study of Creolization161
Ch. 7Creation through Contact: Sign Language Emergence and Sign Language Change in Nicaragua179
Ch. 8Functional Categories and Parameter Setting in the Second-Language Acquisition of Irish in Early Childhood239
Ch. 9An Explanation for the Decline of Null Pronouns in Certain Germanic and Romance Languages257
Ch. 10Verb Movement and Markedness287
Ch. 11Double-Object Constructions in the Creole Languages: Development and Acquisition329
Ch. 12The Roots of Negative Concord in French and French-Lexicon Creoles375
Ch. 13Creoles and Cues431
Ch. 14Broadening the Empirical Basis of Universal Grammar Models: A Commentary453
Ch. 15Creolization, Language Change, and Language Acquisition: An Epilogue473
Contributors545
Index547

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